Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年) (artist 04/30/1839 – 06/09/1892)

Kurikara Kengorō (倶利加羅剱五郎) from the series Sagas of Beauty and Bravery (Biyū Suikoden - 美勇水滸伝)

Print


1867
7 in x 9.5 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Kaisai Yoshitoshi ga
魁斎芳年画
Publisher: Ōmiya Kyūjirō (Marks 415 - seal 30-034)
Combined date and aratame censor seal: 8/1867
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Marega Collection, Universita Pontificia Salesiana

Illustrated in color in Japanese Warrior Prints 1646-1905 by James King and Yuriko Iwakiri, p. 340. The text in the book on page 341 reads: "While Fudō Myōō... watches, Kurikara Kengorō - who has prayed to Fudo to give him physical strength - twists a thick piece of bamboo to see if he has been granted his wish. The writing on this work reads in part: 'Kengorō, a peerless strong man, was given his divine power by the Acala God (Kurikara Fudō) at Oyanoi village by the Edo River in Shimonosuke Province."

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"The chūban prints from this series were printed two to a block and then cut... The production of the set lasted from 4/1866-4/1867. Once completed, it was issued with an unsigned, undated title page and a contents page that itemised all fifty prints, with the signature Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga (picture by Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi) and the name of Kanagaki Robun in the left margin."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Freis Collection, page 85. The authors note that there appears to be a later edition where the publisher's seal has been left blank.

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There are 8 other images from this series in the Lyon Collection (#s 404, 1076, 1103, 1104, 1155, 1156, 1188 and 1189), plus the frontispiece (#1191) and title page (#1190).

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There is another copy of this print in the National Gallery of Victoria.
Ōmiya Kyūjirō (近江屋久次郎) (publisher)
Suikoden (水滸傳) (genre)
warrior prints (musha-e - 武者絵) (genre)
Fudō Myōō (不動明王) (role)